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SPFL Championship weekend preview – Saturday 15th February 2014

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It’s another weekend of pulsating action as we have a full card and no cup ties to worry about. We shall have some weather issues out there somewhere so keep one ear open to the forecasts and the possibilities of postponements. The top and bottom of the table have some fascinating contests and this weekend should help sort out how exciting the clash at the bottom will be and how the play off places will look in the run in.

Match of the Day

Greenock Morton v Cowdenbeath

The bottom 2 clash at Cappielow and this for me has all blood and thunder written all over it. Cowdenbeath, idle last week, have Jimmy Nichol in the dugout against a Morton side that were also idle but with Nichol’s old gaffer Kenny Shiels in the other dug out. Morton need to win this if they hope to catch the Blue Brazil and Cowdenbeath need it if they are going to make serious inroads on Alloa.  Cowdenbeath only have doubts over Jordan Morton whilst Morton have no Tony Wallace or Reece hands, welcome back David O’Brien and Rowan Vine is included but Kabba-Mouda Cham has been released. I can’t call this and think it might end up a blustery draw but hope it is the entertaining clash it promises.

Queen of the South v Dundee has the Doonhamers coming off the back of downing the league leaders, Falkirk 2-0 last Saturday against the new league leaders. Dundee had a good 1-0 win against Hamilton last weekend and Paul Hartley is out on the road with his new team for the very first time. The home side will have Chris Higgins and Iain Russell available whilst there is no Paul Burns, Zander Clark or Ryan McGuffie. I reckon lightening will not strike twice and the away side shall come away with the points. Dumbarton v Falkirk has the home side still in the cup as they beat fellow Championship side Alloa Athletic 1-0 last weekend. The Bairns lost their top billing as they went to Dumfries and came back empty handed. The Sons have Hugh Murray in the squad but no Bryan Prunty, Chris Turner or Garry Fleming. Falkirk have serious doubts over Mark Millar and no Thomas Grant. This is a very tricky tie for both so a draw looks a decent prospect.

Raith Rovers v Hamilton Academical have a home side that ought to be flying after putting out Premiership side, Hibernian in the cup last Saturday. The Accies went to Dundee and had no luck as they lost 1-0. Rovers will miss David McGurn, Paul Watson and Callum Elliot whilst Reece Donaldson and Lee Robinson are available. The Accies have no Ziggy Gordon, Alex Neil, Stephen Hendrie or Michael Devlin. This has home win all over it for me. Finally Alloa Athletic v Livingston has a home side that were put out the cup last Saturday up against a misfiring Livingston side that were idle. The Wasps have no Jason Marr, Willie Robertson or Ryan McCord whilst Scott Bain and new signing Derek Riordan will be available. Livingston have no Michal Habai or Marc McNulty with serious doubts over Andy Barrowman so could struggle up front and that, for me will shade it for the home side.

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